Rescue Crew

Our rescue crew are all unpaid volunteers who are on standby for duty.  To find out more about our volunteer programme please visit
Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.


Head Office Vacancies

In the new year, we will be growing our team to fill the following vacancies in our Head Office (Three Anchor Bay in Cape Town)

Operations Assistant
Our Operations team is looking to appoint a hard working administrative assistant for training, procurement and operational administration assistance. The post will involve data capturing, typing, filing and assistance in all administrative facets of the operations department, supporting the training team, procurement department and stations. A driver’s license is preferable, and computer literacy in Email, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word is essential. Hours are from 8am to 5pm, and this is a full time, full day position. Paterson grade: B3 
Please send a letter of introduction together with your CV and 3 contactable references to Brett Ayres

Our fundraising team is looking to appoint a secretary. This post will ideally suit a young graduate who is bright, capable and eager to learn and grow. Duties will include basic administration such as typing and filing as well as sourcing prizes and assisting at fundraising events. We operate in a very dynamic environment and no two days will be the same. Working hours are 8am to 5pm and you will take over reception duties from 3pm. If you are a hard worker and humble enough to take on menial tasks – we will be happy to mentor you, teach you everything we know and help you build a career at one of South Africa’s most loved charities. This is a full time, full day post in our head office. Paterson Grade: B3   Please send a letter of introduction together with your CV and 3 contactable references to Alison Smith

Training and Logistics Assistant
We are looking for a training and logistics assistant to complement our training team. The post is suited to a humble, hard-working, diligent young person with initiative and a passion for the Sea and for training. The post is a position to grow and gain experience in a wide range of Sea Rescue operational activities, and to develop skills and experience in training and development. Computer literacy (a working knowledge of email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel) is a must, and the candidate must possess a driver’s license (endorsed for trailer over 750kg), and be prepared to travel frequently, at short notice, as well as work long hours and on weekends. Paterson Grade: B5 
Please send a letter of introduction together with your CV and 3 contactable references to Brett Ayres

Bequest Officers (KZN / Gauteng / Port Elizabeth)
We are looking for outgoing men or women to share our Sea Rescue stories with the retired community as part of our fundraising effort. Applicants should be good conversationalists, capable public speakers and motivated self-starters – ideally older than 45. The candidate will need to have their own cell phone, computer and access to a printer in a very basic home office, own reliable transport and must be comfortable to travel locally to visit retired supporters in their homes. This is a half day, work from home position. Paterson Grade: B5  Please send a letter of introduction and 3 contactable references to Alison Smith

A vacancy exists for a fundraiser to join our team to focus on state funding. A proven track record in successful fundraising for a minimum of 5 years is essential. We are looking for a team player who is goal oriented and a self-starter. The candidate should be bilingual, have strong writing skills with experience in writing proposals and feedback reports. Attention to detail, meticulous planning and being deadline driven are essential characteristics. This is a full time, full day post in our head office. Paterson Grade: C4  Please send a letter of introduction together with your CV and 3 contactable references to Alison Smith

WaterWise Educators
We will also be recruiting two WaterWise Educators. 
We are extending our WaterWise Academy program and have vacancies in KZN and Sedibeng.  The successful candidates should have a matric certificate and it will be an advantage to be fluent in English and an African language.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching disadvantaged children about water safety, comfortable with public speaking and an excellent communicator.  You will need to have your own cell phone and access to the internet, be willing and able to travel to schools in the area daily, be dedicated, reliable and able to work independently. The posts are full time, half day. Paterson Grade: B4  Please send a letter of introduction together with your CV and 3 contactable references to Andrew Ingram

The National Sea Rescue Institute is committed to diversity and inclusion within our workforce, we encourage qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our team. Retirement age is 63.   As a responsible charity, reference checking is essential. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.  Applications close on 12 January and appointment date for all posts is 1 March 2017.  


Call Centre and Face to Face Promotions Team

While our NSRI crews are out at sea saving lives, we have a team raising funds to support their rescue work.  If you have excellent communication skills, good references and are goal oriented you may be a good candidate.  You must be a team player, motivated, energetic and have good interpersonal skills.  The call centre is based in Milnerton, Cape Town, on the MY CITI bus route.   There are also teams that promote NSRI, face to face, in shopping centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Click here to see the short video on what Sea Rescue marketers do and how to apply.  If you have no previous fundraising experience – they will train you.  To apply, please call Rachel/Lianne at WinDirect on 021 430 4732.  Please first call.  Leave a message of introduction and she will call you back.